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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Pedagogical Resources & Services

Instructional Technology Support Services

Instructional Technology Support Services (ITSS) provides instructional support to enhance teaching and learning at CSULB. Some of the learning tools they facilitate are:

Software & Websites

  • Beachboard - getting started and logistics with CSULB's learning management system, D2L
  • Respondus - an application that lets instructors create and manage exams and surveys that can be printed to paper or published directly to BeachBoard.
  • Collaborate (formally Elluminate) - a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for both distance education and online collaboration.
  • BeachWiki - a collaborative platform that allows users to create, modify, and link Web pages without knowledge of complex web authoring technologies.
  • Panopto (site licensed, required software installation) - lecture capture software.
  • Mobile Technologies for Education - provides some popular smart phone apps for teaching and education.
  • iTunes U - Students can download supplemental classroom materials and podcasts from CSULB professors. Instructors will find podcasts to help them with the BeachBoard system.
  • Digital Storytelling - create your own audio podcasts with stories.
  • Qualtrics (site licensed, required CSULB ID to log in) - a survey tool to help collecting and analyzing data.
  • Go Animate - To make an animated video for teaching.
  • Piktochart - make user friendly and modern info grams.
  • Explain Everything - An interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool.
  • Wolfram Alpha - A collection of computable knowledge (here are some Wolfram Alpha examples).
  • Movenote - Movie making application.
  • Photovisi - A collage maker to assemble photos for a project or presentation.
  • Voki - Using talking aviators to present material.
  • Tiki-toki - create amazing timelines of processes or events.
  • Dipity - Make interactive timelines.
  • Prezi - Supercharged ppt presentations.
  • Bubbl - Mindmap /concept map/brainstorming maker.
  • MakeBeliefs - Allow students to create comics to discuss a topic/ethical issue.
  • Digo - Knowledge management/annotation tools for your library.
  • Wordpress - Create your own website.

Hardware & Gadgets

  • Classroom technology - support for using various hardware in the classroom.
  • iClicker - Clickers are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond to classroom polls, quizzes, and sign-in for attendance, regardless of class size and common student dynamics.
  • iPads - The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials, with the added benefits of interactivity.

Outside of CSULB